Located on the eastern tip of the Avalon Peninsula in Newfoundland Labrador, Canada, St. John's is a captivating destination for meetings and events. As the first English settlement in North America, St. John's is often referred to as "North America's oldest city." However, its cultural attractions and amenities are anything but outdated. St. John's convention and meeting guests will feel right at home in one of Canada's fastest growing metro areas, thanks to plentiful accommodations, fine dining and world-class event space.
The St. John's Convention Centre sits in the heart of downtown, just minutes from hotels, restaurants and the harbor. With more than 20,000 square feet of space (16,000 square feet in its main convention hall), the facility can easily accommodate trade shows, presentations, receptions and meetings. The St. John's Convention Centre is also committed to providing an eco-friendly setting for green events: Its green policy includes an extensive recycling program; catering options that feature local, seasonal produce; energy-efficient lighting; and water-conserving fixtures.
Additional St. John's meeting space can also be found at the Delta St. John's Hotel and Mile One Centre, both of which are conveniently connected via pedway to the convention center. The hotel has more than 400 rooms and 20,223 square feet of meeting space, the largest conference facility in Atlantic Canada. The Mile One Centre offers a 6,000-seat arena and 2,200-seat theater. As the largest and newest entertainment and exhibition facility in St. John's, the Mile One Centre is one of the hottest venues in the city, hosting hockey games and musical acts such as Melissa Ethridge, Lonestar and Alan Jackson. St. John's also has 17 hotels as well as a large convention facility in the Sheraton Hotel Newfoundland.
For unique event venues, St. John's has plenty of museums, theaters and restaurants that are perfect for welcome receptions, post-conference dinners or award ceremonies. One of the newest and most captivating attractions in St. John's, The Rooms comprises Newfoundland's Provincial Archives, Art Gallery and Museum. Its multi-level atrium can accommodate over 1,100 people reception-style, while its boardroom has space for up to 25 people who will enjoy breathtaking views of the St. John's Harbor. Built into an excavated glacial formation, the Johnson Geo Centre is one of the most distinctive buildings in St. John's and a sure hit for meetings, dinners and receptions of up to 350 people.
St. John's economy is rapidly growing, and the city has the second-highest GDP of all major Canadian cities. The Provincial government is the largest employer, while the city itself is the hub of Eastern Canada's oil and gas market. ExxonMobil Canada is headquartered in the city and companies such as Chevron and Suncor Energy have major regional locations in St. John's. Tourism is also on the rise.